Christopher’s surgery went well on Friday and his recovery has gone well so far too. We know we have a good support system both here in Memphis and far away. But times like this really remind us of how many people love us. We had so many people offer to come and sit with me in the waiting room or to bring us food or to help out with anything we needed. And so many people who texted or called or left a comment on social media checking in with us before, during, and after the surgery. We feel wrapped up in love right now and I’m so grateful for that.
Seeing Christopher after the surgery was definitely the hardest part of Friday. He had a rough time coming out of the anesthesia (they ended up keeping him in recovery longer than anticipated because of this, but thankfully I got to be with him). The good news is that he doesn’t remember a lot about Friday so in the long run, even that turned out fine. But I just have to say… there is nothing like seeing someone you love in so much pain and so panicked and knowing you can’t do anything to help. Definitely not a favorite memory of mine. But he started doing MUCH better after we left the hospital so that was great news! 🙂
When we got home on Friday I set him up in bed and he drank some miso soup and then he slept. And slept and slept. He was never loopy on the drugs, but he did ask me the same questions a couple of times. He was very alert when he was awake which I wasn’t expecting, but I was thankful for it.
Saturday morning we got Christopher set up on the loveseat (so his leg would stay elevated) and he was craving his Starbucks fix. Since he was in no pain and settled, I felt good about leaving for 10 minutes to run to the Starbucks by our house. When I came home Christopher had a fuzzy pitbull in his lap. That little mutt sure does love his daddy. 🙂
An hour on and an hour off of hydrotherapy all day long every day. I have felt like a proper little nurse bustling around constantly hooking up tubes and unhooking them and pressing buttons on a machine until it whirs to life.
This morning Christopher had his very first PT appointment. Everyone told us that this would probably be the hardest thing so we went in gritting our teeth and prepared… but surprisingly… it was all easy for him. The physical therapist was surprised by Christopher mobility and strength already. He was impressed with Christopher’s motivation and drive to heal so he can play basketball again. Made me so proud hearing all the good things the PT said about how far progressed Christopher is already due to moving around at home and doing simple leg muscle exercises since the surgery. 🙂 Now of course, he still has a really long road ahead of him, but he’s definitely off to a good start!
We just got home from his PT appointment and Christopher was finally allowed to take his first shower since the surgery so he is feeling human again. 🙂 Thanks all for the prayers and encouragement and support! We so appreciate it! I’ll keep you guys updated as he progresses! 🙂